Vernon R. “Barney” Olson, 94, of the town of Richmond, passed away early Friday
morning, July 22, 2016, under hospice care at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano,
following a short illness.
Barney was born on Oct. 21, 1921, in Shawano, the third of four sons born to Edman
and Emma (Samp) Olson. Following his graduation from Shawano High School, he
entered the United States Army. He served as a sergeant during World War II. He spent
38 months in the South Pacific without a furlough. Upon returning from service, he
worked several different jobs, including working for the Shawano County Highway
On June 28, 1947, Barney married the former Phyllis Hafemann, having known her
since she was 14 years old. They recently celebrated their 69th wedding
anniversary. The couple enjoyed fishing hunting, golfing, and traveling together.
Barney was a member of St. Jakobi Lutheran Church.